Christina Baker Kline, author of the bestselling novel Orphan Train, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Northcoast Writers’ Showcase Saturday, April 28, Lake Erie College in Painesville.

Kline’s keynote will cap a day in which readers and aspiring writers can interact with several published authors, ask questions about their writing journey, and attend workshops about the craft of writing.

Participating authors include Funky Winkerbean writer and illustrator Tom Batiuk, local newscaster Romona Robinson, Milan Jacovich scribe Les Roberts, D.M. Pulley (The Dead Key and The Unclaimed Victim), Carlo Wolff (Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories), Jonathan Knight (The Making of Major League), Mike and Janice Olszewski (Cleveland TV Tales),  Marty Gitlin (A Celebration of Animation and The Great American Cereal Book), and Barbara Hacha (Line by Line).

The showcase begins at 11 a.m. in the college’s Arthur S. Holden Center. Authors will have their books available for sale and signing. Throughout the afternoon, people can join workshops led by Roberts, Batiuk and Pulley.

Kline’s talk begins at 3 p.m. at Lake Erie College’s Morley Music Hall. She will be available for book signing and photo opportunities following her presentation.

Both the showcase and Kline’s keynote address are free. However, due to space limitations, those who wish to attend Kline’s talk are required to register beforehand. They can register by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 213 or sign up online at

The Northcoast Writers’ Showcase is hosted by the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries, a group of ten public libraries in Lake and Geauga that have partnered to promote the arts, creativity and enthusiasm for learning in the region.

The Lake-Geauga League of Libraries includes Burton, Fairport Harbor, Geauga County, Kirtland, Madison, Mentor, Morley, Perry, Wickliffe and Willoughby-Eastlake Public Libraries.

The showcase is funded by the collective generosity of the library’s foundations, friends groups, Lake Erie College, and the Lubrizol Foundation.